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5 things to know about Arias sentencing retrial

Latest from the Boston Herald - 9 hours 36 min ago

PHOENIX — Jurors in Phoenix will once again be asked to decide whether Jodi Arias should be executed for the gruesome murder of her former boyfriend.

Lawyers are expected to make opening statements Tuesday at the sentencing retrial, more than a year after a jury found her guilty of killing Travis Alexander in June 2008. The first jury deadlocked on whether to sentence her to life imprisonment or death.

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Blackwater jurors granted request to watch video

Latest from the Boston Herald - 9 hours 38 min ago

WASHINGTON — Jurors deliberating the fate of four former Blackwater security guards in the shootings of more than 30 Iraqi citizens were granted a request to watch a videotape showing the aftermath of the violence.

Monday was the 25th day of deliberations by the jury of eight women and four men. They asked to see the tape, which had been shown during the trial.

It shows the inside of a car heavily damaged by machine gun fire and exploded grenades, the burned remains of two victims in the car and damage to several other vehicles that were fired on.

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Smog chokes Beijing Marathon, but should be gone for APEC

Latest from the Boston Herald - 9 hours 42 min ago

BEIJING — When cold wind didn’t arrive as expected, participants in the annual Beijing Marathon had to endure the 26.2-mile race in the thick smog surrounding the city. But world leaders coming to China’s capital for an APEC summit in November won’t need to put all their hope for clean air on the gusts of nature.

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Submarine hunt sends Cold War chill across Baltic

Latest from the Boston Herald - 9 hours 49 min ago

STOCKHOLM — Sweden's biggest submarine hunt since the dying days of the Soviet Union has put countries around the Baltic Sea on edge.

In a scene reminiscent of the Cold War, Swedish naval ships, helicopters and ground troops combed the Stockholm archipelago for a fourth day Monday for signs of a foreign submarine or smaller underwater craft that officials suspect entered Swedish waters illegally.

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Gubernatorial candidates meet with Boston clergy

Latest from the Boston Herald - 9 hours 57 min ago

BOSTON — Candidates in the closely contested race for governor stopped at an inner-city church Monday to share their policies on issues critical to Boston and other urban centers in Massachusetts with large and potentially decisive voting blocs.

Democrat Martha Coakley, Republican Charlie Baker and independent Evan Falchuk met separately in private with members of the Black Ministerial Alliance, an influential group of minority religious leaders, at the Twelfth Baptist Church in the Roxbury neighborhood.

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British royal couples' 2nd child due in April

Latest from the Boston Herald - 10 hours 4 min ago

LONDON — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have confirmed that their second baby is due in April — the first time they have offered a month for the royal birth.

Kensington Palace also said in a statement Monday that the duchess, who has been sidelined by prolonged morning sickness, continues to improve. There was no word on the baby's gender.

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Libya's persecuted people displaced again

Latest from the Boston Herald - 10 hours 10 min ago

BENGHAZI, Libya — After three years in a packed refugee camp, Mariam Mohammed fled with her seven children and some 3,000 other members of Libya's persecuted Tawergha community after they were caught in crossfire between Islamist militias and pro-government forces in the embattled eastern city of Benghazi.

"Some of us had to jump in garbage trucks to escape. The horror makes you do anything," the 45-year-old Mohammed said of the frantic escape Friday under a hail of bullets, rockets and mortars. "There was no other option amid all the destruction."

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Oldest former Red Sox player Lou Lucier dies at 96

Latest from the Boston Herald - 10 hours 25 min ago

BOSTON — Lou Lucier, who was the oldest surviving former Boston Red Sox player, has died at the age of 96.

The team says Lucier had a stroke earlier this month and died on Saturday.

A right-handed pitcher, Lucier played parts of three major league seasons during World War II with the Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies. In all, he was 3-5 with a 3.81 ERA in 33 games.

A native of Northbridge, Massachusetts, he is survived by two daughters, five grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter.

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Warming Earth heading for hottest year on record

Latest from the Boston Herald - 10 hours 30 min ago

WASHINGTON — Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists say.

That's because global heat records have kept falling in 2014, with September the latest example.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month the globe averaged 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit (15.72 degrees Celsius). That was the hottest September in 135 years of record keeping.

It was the fourth monthly record set this year, along with May, June and August.

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Prosecutor: Drunk school bus driver sped through 3 red lights

Latest from the Boston Herald - 10 hours 42 min ago

A school bus driver who allegedly drove drunk while carrying a bus of 25 cross-country Hopkinton High runners was held on no bail today in Framingham District Court pending a dangerousness hearing.

Robert E. Murphy, 59, of Ashland was arrested in the Hopkinton High School parking lot Saturday night after he allegedly blew three red lights, missed an exit, sped up to 70 mph and almost drove off the road, prosecutor Nate Burris said.

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Nigeria declared Ebola-free; 'spectacular success'

Latest from the Boston Herald - 10 hours 46 min ago

ABUJA, Nigeria — Water laced with salt and sugar, and gallons of the nasty-tasting stuff.

Doctors who survived Ebola in Nigeria credited heavy doses of fluids with saving their lives as the World Health Organization declared the country Ebola-free Monday, a rare victory in the battle against the disease that is ravaging West Africa.

In the end, Nigeria — the most populous country in Africa, with 160 million people — had just 20 cases, including eight deaths, a lower death rate than the 70 percent seen elsewhere across the stricken region.

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6-year-old buying bubblegum killed in drive-by

Latest from the Boston Herald - 10 hours 47 min ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 6-year-old girl was killed during a drive-by shooting while shopping for bubblegum with her father at a convenience store in Kansas City, according to police, who are vowing to find those responsible for her death.

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More evening commute headaches as O'Neill tunnel closing

Latest from the Boston Herald - 10 hours 49 min ago

The late-night commute just got worse. Here's the latest:

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Cincinnati backup QB charged with assault in Ohio

Latest from the Boston Herald - 10 hours 51 min ago

CINCINNATI — A University of Cincinnati backup quarterback has been charged with assault for punching a man, police said.

Hamilton County Jail records show 22-year-old Jarred Evans was booked just before 4 a.m. Sunday on a misdemeanor assault charge. Police said Evans knocked a man down with a punch that caused a concussion and cuts requiring stitches. Other details weren't available immediately.

A University of Cincinnati athletics spokesman said in a statement that it would be inappropriate to comment.

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City probe in New Hampshire pumpkin fest melee

Latest from the Boston Herald - 10 hours 54 min ago

KEENE, N.H. — Police in Keene, New Hampshire, are setting up a task force to investigate violent disturbances near the city's annual pumpkin festival that led to property damage, dozens of arrests and many injuries over the weekend.

The city announced the group before a scheduled news conference Monday afternoon to discuss the violence, which prompted police trying to control the crowds to don riot gear and use tear gas.

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San Francisco radio stations ban hit song 'Royals'

Latest from the Boston Herald - 10 hours 57 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO — The popular song "Royals" by New Zealand artist Lorde is getting caught up in the fervor over the upcoming World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals.

Two San Francisco radio stations say they won't play the song during the duration of the World Series. A Kansas City, Missouri, station responded with plans to play the Grammy-winning track every hour from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, the first day of the series.

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UN says worker dies from Ebola in Sierra Leone

Latest from the Boston Herald - 11 hours 25 min ago

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations says another of its staffers has died in the Ebola outbreak.

A statement by UN Women on Monday said Edmund Bangura-Sesay, a local driver for their office in Sierra Leone, died Saturday.

This is the third reported death of a U.N. worker from Ebola.

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Police: Indiana suspect hints at more killings

Latest from the Boston Herald - 11 hours 34 min ago

HAMMOND, Ind. — Police investigating the slayings of seven women whose bodies were found over the weekend in Indiana say the suspect has told them that he may have killed people going back 20 years.

Hammond Police Chief John Doughty said during a news conference Monday that the suspect, identified as Darren Vann, is being cooperative with investigators. Vann was convicted of sexual assault in Texas in 2009 and now lives in Gary.

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Coakley: `No question’ Walsh in her corner

Latest from the Boston Herald - 11 hours 37 min ago

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Martha Coakley said there is “no question” in her mind about how firmly a “busy” Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh is in her corner after he’s appeared at few, if any, events with her, and promised more public face time with the City Hall CEO.

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Judge: 1,000 potential jurors could be called for Tsarnaev trial

Latest from the Boston Herald - 11 hours 52 min ago

A pool of 1,000 potential jurors may be summoned in January to complete questionnaires for the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a federal judge said today.

At a status conference in Tsarnaev’s case in Boston, U.S. District Court Judge George O’Toole Jr. said jury selection will begin Jan. 5 or Jan. 6.

Out of the 1,000 potential jurors who will complete questionnaires, about 100 will be questioned before 12 jurors and six alternates are chosen.

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